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Three men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

134 Killed Mali
At least 134 individuals have been killed, and 55 others injured, in an ethnic Peuhl village in Ogossogou, Mali. Among those killed were small children, pregnant women, and the elderly. An ethnic Dogon militia, who are Islamic extremists, is believed to be responsible for the attack. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Pleas pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
417 Killed in Mozambique
At least 417 individuals have been killed in Mozambique as a result of Cyclone Idai. Approximately 300 others have been killed in Zimbabwe and Malawi as a result of the cyclone. There is also severe flooding, which has contributed to the many deaths, and risk of further flooding. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of all in the regions. Please pray for all affected.
Flooding in Australia
Northern Australia has been struck by Cyclone Trevor, with another storm, Cyclone Veronica on its way. Cyclone Trevor has already caused significant damage with strong winds and rains. There have been nor reports of injuries or deaths. While Cyclone Veronica is not expected to make landfall, flooding is still a major concern. Please pray for all who have been, and could be, affected. Please pray for safety.
1 Injured in Nice, France
At least one elderly woman has been injured during a banned “Yellow Vest” protest in Nice, France. The 73-year-old woman was struck over the head with a metal post in an incident captured on video. She sustained a skull fracture and bleeding next to the brain. She is currently in the intensive care unit. During the protest, soldiers were deployed to help police maintain security. Please pray for healing. Please pray for any others that may have been affected. Please pray for peace.
Last Islamic State Stronghold Falls
The terrorist group known as the Islamic State no longer holds any territory, and thousands of its fighters have been captured in recent months. However, many fighters continue to carry out operations in secret. Please pray for peace. Please pray for all that have been affected since the Islamic State came to power.
3 Killed in Nebraska
At least three individuals have been killed as a result of severe flooding in Nebraska. Thousands have been forced from their homes in Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri due to flooding. Further flooding is feared as temperatures increase and snow begins to melt. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for all those affected.
Protests in Morocco
Thousands of teachers are protesting in Morocco over working conditions. Among their demands are permanent contracts, better working conditions, and the rising cost of living. An overnight sit-in was broken up by police in riot gear with water cannons. Please pray for peace.
Protests in Algeria
Protests have been ongoing against current President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. President Bouteflika was planning on running for a 5th term in office, despite his declining health, however, he has announced that he will not seek another term. He has been in office since 1999. Protests initially began against his seeking a 5th term, but now protesters are demanding that he step down immediately, arguing that his health is allowing others to rule through him. Please pray for a peaceful resolution.
49 Killed in Mosque Shootings
At least 49 individuals have been killed, and 20 others injured, in two shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the shootings. Police also discovered explosive devices nearby. Officials has designated this incident as a terrorist attack. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.

Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018  7:41 pm EDT

 

Texas has executed Erick Davila.  Click here to learn more.

 

Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018  7:05 pm EDT

 

The Supreme Court of the United States has refused to stay the execution of Erick Davila, allowing the execution to proceed.

 

Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018  10:59 am EDT

 

The Texas Court of Pardons and Paroles has announced that its has unanimously rejected clemency for Erick Davila.  They have also rejected a request to commute his sentence.  Additionally, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a request by Erick's attorneys to file new appeals on the grounds that information was improperly withheld from the defense during the trial.  Erick still has several appeals pending before the Supreme Court of the United States.

 

Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018  10:27 am EDT

 

Erick Daniel Davila is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Thirty-one-year-old Erick is convicted of the murder of 48-year-old Annette Stevenson and five-year-old Queshawn Stevenson on April 6, 2008, in Fort Worth, Texas.  Erick has spent the last nine years on Texas’ death row.

 

Growing up, Erick did not have a close relationship with his mother, as he was conceived during a rape when she was 13.  Erick was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and had a low IQ.  He grew up in a high-crime area that had several gangs.

 

On April 6, 2008, Erick Davila and Garfield Thompson drove to the home of Annette Stevenson, who was throwing a ninth birthday party for her granddaughter Nihtica Stevenson.  After driving past the house, Davila got out of the vehicle and Thompson drove off.  Davila was observed by neighbors, who later identified him in a line-up, to be carrying a large gun, with a “red dot beam.”  

 

A group who was in the neighborhood attending another party, observed Davila walk between two buildings.  The group followed Davila as he walked between two homes and took aim at Annette’s house across the street.  Davila shot Annette several times before running into the middle of the street and shooting into the house several more times.

 

Thompson then returned, driving the car.  Davila got into the driver’s side of the car.  He fired more shots at the house as he drove away.

 

By the time the police arrived at the scene, Annette had already died from her injuries.  Queshawn was seriously injured and several other children had various injuries. 

 

Police were tipped off about Davila’s involvement in the crime by his girlfriend Nichcole Blackwell, Davila’s girlfriend.  Davila had borrowed her car the day of the murder and he was gone from the house most of the afternoon and evening.  Davila was arrested two days later.

 

Davila eventually confessed to the crime, saying he was trying to hit the only adult male attending the party and that he never meant to harm the women and children.  The other man with him in the car, Thompson, knew about his plan to shoot at the house and agreed to drop him off and pick him up.

 

Davila was convicted and sentenced to death in 2009.  During his trial, it was revealed that Davila was also charged with the two other murders, just days before the murders of Annette and Queshawn.  Additionally, while in jail awaiting trial, Davila, with two other inmates, attacked two guards and two maintenance men in a failed escape attempt.

 

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has rejected a request to halt the execution of Erick Davila.  The court did not a provide a reason for their ruling.  Erick will likely appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States before his execution.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Annette and Queshawn.  Please pray for strength for the family of Erick.  Please pray that if Erick is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be presented prior to his execution.  Please pray that Erick may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

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